Is The Watchtower organization of God?

If a religion completely dependent on who the Watchtower claims to be
(sole divinely inspired interpreters of Gods word) conflicts with what
is stated in their own bible translation and contain errors in their
teachings, can they be of God?  The question really is, if they were
found to be false, are their followers truly genuine truth seekers who have
the freedom to see it?

Almighty God declares:

Deuteronomy 18:21-22

21
You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been
spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the
Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.

We will even quote from The New World Translation:

“When
the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled
or does not come true
, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The
prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.’”

Clear and explicit. 

With what God stated: lets consider Watchtower End Time prophecies

1888 “In this chapter we present the Bible evidence proving
that the full end of the times of the gentiles, i.e., the full
end of their lease of dominion, will be reached in A.D. 1914;
and that the date will be the farthest limit of the rule of imperfect
men. And be it observed, that if this is shown to be a fact firmly
established by the Scriptures, it will prove; Firstly, that at
that date the Kingdom of God, for which our Lord taught us to
pray, saying, Thy Kingdom come, will obtain full, universal control,
and that it will then be set up, or firmly established, in the
earth, on the ruins of present institutions.” (The Time Is
At Hand, 1888, p. 76, 77) 

1889 “Be not surprised, then, when in subsequent chapters
we present proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is
already begun, that it is pointed out in prophecy as due to begin
the exercise of power in A.D. 1878, and that the ‘battle of the
great day of God Almighty
(Rev. 16:14) which will end in A.D.
1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership,
is already commenced.
The gathering of the armies is plainly visible
from the standpoint of God’s word.” (Studies in the Scriptures,
Vol. 2, The Time Is At Hand, 1889 Ed., p. 101. The 1915 Edition
of this texts changed “A.D. 1914” to read ‘A.D. 1915’) 

  1889 “In the coming 26 years, all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved.” (C.T. Russell, Studies in the
Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 98-99, 1889)

1889 “Remember that the forty years’ Jewish Harvest ended
October A.D. 69, and was followed by the complete overthrow of
that nation; and that likewise the forty years of the Gospel age
harvest will end October, 1914, and that likewise the overthrow
of ‘Christendom,
‘ so-called, must be expected to immediately follow.”
(Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 245) 

1897 “Complete destruction of the ‘powers that be’ of ‘this
present evil worlds – political, financial, ecclesiastical – about
the close of the Time of the Gentiles; October A.D. 1914.”
(C.T. Russell, Studies in the Scriptures, IV, p. 622, 1897) 

“But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble.” Zion’s Watch Tower 1894 Jul 15 p.226

“Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the
Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to
base his faith then Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming
deluge.” Watch Tower 1923 Apr 1 p.106

“… the remaining months before Armageddon.” Watchtower 1941 Sep 15 p.288

“Shortly, within our twentieth century, the “battle in the day of Jehovah” will begin against the modern antitype of Jerusalem, Christendom.” The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah p.216

1942 “Now, with Armageddon immediately before us, it is a
matter of life or destruction
. Those who would be of the Lords
other sheep that shall compose the great multitude of Armageddon
survivors and live joyfully on earth forever must find the answer
to a very personal question, and very important.” (Watchtower,
April 1, 1942, p. 139) 

1968 “Just think, brothers, there are only about ninety months
left before 6,000 years of mans existence on earth is completed

The majority of people living today will probably be alive when
Armageddon breaks out, and there are no resurrection hopes for
those who are destroyed then. So, now more than ever, it is vital
not to ignore that spirit of wanting to do more.” (Kingdom
Ministry, March 1968, p. 4 [note: 1968 + 90 months = 1975]) 

1968 “But what about today? Today we have the evidence required,
all of it. And it is overwhelming! All the many, many parts of
the great sign of the last days are here, together with verifying
Bible chronology.” (Awake!, Oct. 8, 1968, p. 23) 

The following talk which was given at
the 1967 District Convention in Wisconsin, by District Overseer Charles
Sunutko “Something to reach out for and it just seems it has given all
of us so
much more energy and power in this final burst of speed to the finish
line. And that’s the year 1975. Well, we don’t have to guess what the
year 1975 means if we read the Watchtower. And don’t wait ’till 1975.
The door is going to be shut before then. As one brother put it, “Stay alive to Seventy-Five“”

These examples straight from The Watchtower themselves are problematic in light of
Deuteronomy
18:21-22.   So the END started in 1876 and completed in 1914, or should complete in 1925, or
was Armageddon suppose to happen in 1941 and Christ earthly reign ended
in 1975?  If WW2 was Armageddon, then what happened to the END?  What
about the battle in the day of Jehovah? It is now the 21st century.  These dates continue to fail but they kept kicking the can down the road through the years. 

When did Jesus’ 2nd coming happen?

1879 “Christ came in the character of a Bridegroom in 1874….
at the beginning of the Gospel harvest.” (Watchtower, Oct
1879, p. 4) 

 “…the ‘battle of the
great day of God Almighty (Rev. 16:14) which will end in A.D.
1914 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership,
is already commenced. (Studies in the Scriptures,
Vol. 2, The Time Is At Hand, 1889 Ed., p. 101. The 1915 Edition
of this texts changed “A.D. 1914” to read ‘A.D. 1915’) 

1889 “In the coming 26 years, all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved.” (C.T. Russell, Studies in the
Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 98-99, 1889) 

What happened to the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership and were
all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved by 1914?  That
is a big problem.  To explain away this major falsehood they change what
the bible says.  Even changing what the bible says, this still does not
negate the fact of what was explicitly stated by Jehovah’s Witnesses
divinely inspired leaders who were believed to be of God.  Since they
are proven not of God, why are their teachings still believed?  This
disproves the foundations of the religion.  That major issue aside, how
do they then explain away the false teachings? 

When Jesus did not show up on their date, they were forced to explain
away the failure. They did this by seizing on a secondary meaning of one
Greek word used in conjunction with Christ’s coming again. That word
was parousia meaning “a being present, presence,” “a coming,” “an arrival.” 

They would teach that Jesus did “come” and was “present” on their date,
1914, but since He did this in heaven, those on earth could not see it!
His coming was conveniently invisible! All Jehovah’s Witnesses must
believe this today. This particular Greek word was used in two
scriptures, 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and 1 Thessalonians 3:13.

It is very clear that Christ will make an “appearance” which we will all
see with our own eyes at “His coming.” Not so with the deliberately
altered version of the Jehovah’s Witnesses which reads, “Then indeed,
the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will do away with
by the spirit of his mouth and bring to nothing by the manifestation of
his presence” (New World Translation). 

Notice how the word “presence” is used instead of “coming.” It is an
acceptable transla­tion from the Greek, but the presence is obviously
not invisible, as the Jehovah’s Wit­nesses teach, since the whole phrase
is “manifestation of his presence.” A “manifestation” comes from the
root word “manifest,” which, according to the Doubleday Dictionary
means, “to make plain to sight or understanding.”

Ignored by the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the other Greek words used along with parousia
to describe the second coming of Christ. To be really accurate we need
to look at them all, not just selected, isolated scriptures that can be
twisted to suit one’s preconceived ideas. 

Contradicting Themselves

Besides the failed prophecies and debunked divine leaders, there are other issues.

1989 “Back in 1904, the book The New Creation called attention
to this new organization that came into existence in the first
century C.E. (Studies In The Scriptures, Series VI, Study V, entitled
“The Organization of the New Creation”) Owing to its
view of what the end of the Gentile Times would mean, that book
did not envision the remarkable organizational work that was due
to take place after the crippling effects of the first world war
of human history.” (The Watchtower; Sept. 1, 1989; p. 12-13) 

How did divinely inspired foundational Godly leaders fail to see such a “remarkable” work?

1968 “True, there have been those in times past who predicted
an “end” to the world, even announcing a specific date.
Yet nothing happened. The ‘end’ did not come. They were guilty
of false prophesying
. Why? What was missing? Missing from such
people were God’s truths and the evidence that He was using and
guiding them.” (Awake, Oct. 8, 1968)  

“Those” are the divinely inspired foundational Godly leaders, now being marginalized because of their disproven claims.  Here later divinely inspired foundational Godly leaders admit to the previous problem.  So, if divinely inspired foundational Godly leaders can be guilty of false prophesying, how then can you know that any
divinely inspired foundational Godly leaders of the same group won’t or
are not currently? Because they say so?  Well, they have as well. 

1972 “Does this admission of making mistakes stamp them [Watchtower]
as false prophets? Not at all, for false prophets do not admit
to making mistakes.” (Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1972, p. 644)  

This is a poor justification for being exactly what
they admit, false prophets.  So I can blurt out any random future made
up prophecy and as long as I do not admit the mistake, I am not a false prophet?

However, suddenly, there came an end to World War 1. It did
not lead on, as Bible students expected, into world revolution
and anarchy or the battle of Armageddon. And the sincere worshippers
of Jehovah who were in the new covenant with him through his Mediator
Jesus Christ, found themselves still in the flesh on the earth.
(Man’s Salvation Out Of World Distress At Hand; 1975; p. 98).

They
admit there is a problem, so what do they do?  Simply stop admitting
when they are wrong, thus, making them always right?  Because they say
so?  Or because they change what was previously prophesied and marginalize the prophet, makes them right?

Changes

1968 “I know enough of what is going on to assure you that,
in fifteen years from today, this world is going to be too dangerous
to live in.” (Truth That Leads To Eternal Life, p 9, 1968
edition, Quoting USA Secretary of State Dean Acheson in 1960,
[1981 edition deleted “in fifteen years from today”
ie. in 1975]) 

Odd that they would delete the specific date
after it didn’t happen?   Nothing changed.  They continue to make failed
prophecies and continue following an admitted false prophets, but as
long as they don’t admit it they can’t be wrong (Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1972, p. 644). 

1989 “The apostle Paul was spearheading the Christian missionary
activity. He was also laying a foundation for a work that would
be completed in our 20th century.” (Watchtower, Jan. 1, 1989,
p. 12 [bound volume changed “20th century” to “day“]) 

And again, another change that they don’t have to admit to.

1986 As far back as 1876, Jehovah’ s Witnesses realized that Bible
prophecy marked the year 1914 C.E. as a time when major events
would take place that would have far-reaching effects on human
affairs
. They gave the reason for this fact wide publicity. (True
Peace And Security; 1986; p. 70) 

So now, instead of quoting what was actually
said back in 1876, they just rephrase in a way that does not seem false
or contradictory.   Even the new Watchtower convention video avoids the
details and attempts to rephrase the failures.  (http://ift.tt/2qwRFbU).  But what they can’t escape are the historical writings and quotes from their own self proclaimed prophets who were foundational in structuring the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Conclusion

If the Watchtower prophesies falsely, are they of God?  Simple question.  Since the Watchtower organization can not be from God without first contradicting God (proven above), what does that mean for the religion those prophets founded and continue to perpetuate?  Are Jehovah’s Witnesses free to think and question to discern truth and lies?

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